2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe to launch in India next month
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Audi is not participating in Auto Expo 2018 but it does have a launch scheduled for next month. A new report from Autocar India says that the company will launch the 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe in India next month.
The second-gen Audi RS 5 Coupe is the first Audi Sport model to feature the new RS design language. It differentiates itself from the Audi A5 Coupe with a broader and flatter high-sheen black Singleframe grille that features new honeycomb structure and bears both the quattro lettering and the RS 5 emblem. Beneath that unique grille with an aluminium-look frame, is a blade in contrasting colour that runs between the air inlets and connects them with one another. Speaking of the side air inlets, they too have adopted the 3D honeycomb structure. Needless to say, the high-performance variant sports RS-specific front bumper as well.
At the rear, RS-specific diffuser insert, oval tailpipes of the RS exhaust system, vertical air outlets on the outer edges of the rear lights and a surface-mounted spoiler lip in black or carbon (optional) round up the highlights. The Sonoma green metallic colour is exclusive to the RS variant.
The all-new Audi RS 5 Coupe continues with the sporty theme inside with a black colour scheme and contrasting red stitching. Other features worth noting are flat-bottomed RS sport leather steering wheel, stainless steel pedals, RS sport seats with rhombus pattern and embossed RS emblem and carbon decorative trim. The RS sport seats are optionally available in fine Nappa leather with honeycomb pattern and contrast stitching, and even in perforated Milano leather.
The heart of the 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe is an all-new 2.9-litre TFSI bi-turbo petrol engine that churns out 450 PS at 5,700-6,700 rpm and 600 Nm of torque at 1,900-5,000 rpm. The quattro permanent AWD system featuring a self-locking central differential and the 8-speed tiptronic automatic transmission are standard. Rear sport differential with RS-specific tuning for an even more dynamic response during acceleration and cornering is available optionally.
The 2018 Audi RS 5 Coupe sprints from 0 to 100 km/h in 3.9 seconds, and has an electronically limited top speed of 250 km/h. The achievable top speed increases to 280 km/h on specifying the optional RS dynamic package. 19-inch forged wheels with 265/35 tyres are standard, but 20-inch wheels with 275/30 tyres are available optionally. RS steel brakes (front: 375 mm, rear: 330 mm) are standard, and the six-piston callipers with RS logos are painted in black or red (optional). As an option, Audi offers ceramic brakes featuring six-piston callipers and perforated 400 mm disks at the front.
The all-new Audi RS 5 should have a pricing close to INR 1.2 crore (ex-showroom).
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[Source: Autocar India]